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.s. as children. seeking refugee status. they thrived attending top boston schools. older brother, tamerlan, 26, star athlete, golden glove boxer, pianist. younger brother dzhokhar, 19, had just become a u.s. citizen, ironically, on september 11th of last year. once a lifeguard, he was an all-state wrestler and college student. >> i certainly can't put it together that he was a person firing a weapon and potentially killing people. >> reporter: last night the fbi acknowledged it interviewed tamerlan in 2011 based on a tip from the russians. the russians said he was a radical islamist, preparing to leave the u.s., possibly for a trip to the caucuses. after looking into tamerlan's phone records, websites he visited and associates, the fbi found no ties to terrorists. by law, fbi officials said, monitoring had to stop, barring new negative information. >> too many people in this country, just like him, that are touching extremist websites, that are espousing things that aren't particularly kind to americans, but that's not against the law here. >> reporter: tamerlan's father said his sons couldn't
arrest. his older brother, 6-year-old tamerlan was killed in a shootout with the police hours earlier. >> many groups, the cia, defense department included, want to question the suspect. there are burning questions about why the brother allegedly launched the attack and whether they're attached to a larger conspiracy. >> our abc news team is out in full force. we start with chief investigative correspondent brian ross, who has been on this story from the jump. he has a ploe-by-blow account of how the arrest went down. >> reporter: the capture was dramatic and quick. authorities said they brought justice to the victims of the marathon bombings and turned despair into delight. >> we are internally gre e tern the outcome. >> reporter: just 25 minutes after the lockdown was lifted, a water town resident went out to walk his dog and noticed blood on the side of his boat. >> he looked in and saw man covered in blood. he retreated and called us. >> reporter: police and the fbi roared back into town. a helicopter with infrared sensors detected movement in the boat. >> we're getting informatio
insight from tamerlan's wife. seen over the weekend leaving the family apartment. a rhode island native, she converted to islam and changed her name from katherine to karina. her family lawyer said monday, she was shocked to learn of her husband's role and had no idea until the fbi first released those surveillance pictures of him and named him a suspect. in fact, the lawyer says, the wife doesn't speak any russian and didn't really know what was going on. as to the younger brother's claims and statements to the fbi, investigators don't necessarily take at face value all that he has said. he has every reason to try to minimize his own role as the investigation into possible ties to overseas groups in russia remains a central focus of the case, george. >> brian, talk about living double-lives. we know that the younger brother was out partying on wednesday night. now we have learned more about where the older brother, tamerlan, was the day before the shootout. >> reporter: exactly. on that thursday, the day the fbi released his surveillance photo, he was at home taking care of his infant
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